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Carrel Spotlight: G-6!

Many Seniors and Independent Study students like to add a personal touch to their carrels* (since they spend much time there studying). Check out this student who decked out her carrel with cozy items, succulents, and Scottie gear to show some Scottie pride!

*As always, we encourage everyone to respect the students’ carrels and not touch or take any of their belongings. Thank you for being considerate!

Posted in Interesting News & Commentary, Library Spaces, Library Spaces, Services, & Resources, Services

Library Open House: Books, Bikes, and Booths!

Hello, Scotties! Let McCain Library, the Center for Digital & Visual Literacy (CDVL), and the Decatur Public Library celebrate your arrival at our Open House by showing you all of the awesome and helpful resources we have for you — both academic and purely for fun.

It’s happening Thursday, August 30, 3:00-5:00pm.

Spark your curiosity on a scavenger hunt through McCain to help you find resources and services you might need throughout the year… and for a chance to win prizes*! If the hunt is not what you want, we will also have event stations such as:

  • Book Trivia (Do you know it? Well, show it!)
  • Test-a-Bike (and the helmet, too…)
  • Book Look-Up (What’s your criminal call number?)
  • Photo & Equipment Booth (You’re our “Most Wanted,” so pose for a mugshot using equipment available for check out!)
  • Snacks! (Study spaces and vegan brownies or broccoli – a great pairing!)

If McCain does not have everything you’re looking for — no worries! Friends from the Decatur Public Library will be here to give you access to their library and awesome resources, such as audiobooks, popular reading, electronic magazines, and exam prep materials. Faculty, staff, and students may sign up for a public library card during this event.

To learn more about McCain Library and what’s available to you, here is a link to the website:

See You There!

*Complete the scavenger hunt for chances to win gift cards to local eateries:

buttercream      Print       raging burrito


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Reserve a Library Study or Media Room

The McCain Library will use a new reservation system to   reserve the 3 media and 5 group study rooms in the library.

To reserve a room…

Step 1: Throughout the day and up to two weeks in advance, visit to schedule a room.

Step 2: Use the “Info” button next to each study space to explore seating, equipment, and whiteboard options in each room.

Step 3: Select an open room by clicking on the green square (room reservations are limited to one per day, per student ).

Step 4: Choose how long your reservation will last from the drop down box (a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 3 hours).

Step 5: Agree to the terms and conditions and complete the booking form using your Scottie email address.

Step 6: When the reservation system sends you an email, click the link to confirm your reservation.

If you have any questions, please stop by the library for more information or email –

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Study Carrel Reservations at McCain Library Begin Tuesday


Study carrel reservations for spring 2018 will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. If you are enrolled in a senior seminar or an independent study, here is your chance to reserve a carrel for a whole semester (to turn it into your home away from home)! Library staff at the main check-out desk will start reserving them as soon as the library doors open on the first day of classes.

There are 41 carrels around the library, so walk through McCain, choose 2-3 carrel numbers/locations as your ideal choice, fill out the form, and get in line early! The carrels typically are all reserved by 9 a.m. Please don’t despair if you miss getting one this spring! Any student may sit at a carrel until the reservation-holder arrives.

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Library Hours

Welcome, new and returning students!  McCain Library will offer the following hours until classes begin and then resume longer service times on the first day of classes, Wednesday, August 24.

Pre-Fall Semester Hours – August 19-August 23, 2016

Friday, August 19         8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 20    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, August 21       CLOSED

Monday, August 22     8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, August 23     8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Fall Semester Hours (Wed., August 24 – Sun., Dec. 11, 2016)

Monday – Thursday     8:00 am – 2:00 am**

Friday                               8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday                          9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday                            1:00 pm – 2:00 am**

** Research guidance until 9:00 pm. Circulation services until 10:30 pm.

Students may study in G 11 (use your ID to unlock the door from the Educational Technology Center (ETC) Hallway or side entrance facing Alston) when the main library is closed.

Note: for safety reasons, the ground floor door coming into the main library space from the ETC locks at 10:15pm.


Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day        CLOSED

Fall Break, October 6-8 (Thurs.-Sat.)

Wed., Oct. 5                8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thurs., Oct. 6              8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fri., Oct. 7 (Campus Holiday)    CLOSED

Sat., Oct. 8                  10:00 am – 5: 00 pm

Thanksgiving Break, November 23Nov.26 (Wed.-Sat.)

Tues., Nov. 22            8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wed. Nov. 23              8:30 am – 12:00 noon

Thurs., Nov. 24-Sat., Nov. 26    CLOSED

Additional Exam Time Hours (for ASC Students, not Visitors)

Fri., Dec. 2 (with services)     8:00 am – 2:00 am

Sat., Dec. 3 (with services)    9:00 am – 2:00 am

Fri., Dec. 9 (study only, 6pm+)          8:00 am – 10:30 pm

Sun., Dec. 11 (Circ/study, 10a-1p)    10:00 am – 2:00 am

 Last Day of Exams

Mon., Dec. 12                         8:00 am – 6:00 pm

After Exams & For Winter Holidays  (Dec. 13, 2016-Jan. 9, 2017)

Tues., Dec. 13-Fri., Dec. 16   8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sat., Dec. 17- Sun. Dec 18     CLOSED

Mon., Dec. 19- Thurs., Dec 22   8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fri., Dec. 23- Mon., Jan 2      CLOSED

Tues., Jan. 3- Fri., Jan 6         8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sat., Jan. 7- Sun., Jan. 8         CLOSED

Mon., Jan. 9                            8:30 am – 6:00 pm

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Expensive Textbooks on Course Reserve – Fall 2015

For fall semester 2015, McCain Library will continue the practice of putting some of the most expensive required textbooks on reserve, thanks to gift funds for this purpose. Note: not all required textbooks used in ASC courses are available in this way. These costly textbooks (not easily obtained as used, retailing for $100+, especially in sciences and social sciences) are intended to be available to the most students possible, so they may be borrowed for two hours at a time, for use in the library (only). Ask for them by title at the Circulation Desk.

Faculty are continually adding books to library Reserve shelves as everyone gets ready for classes to begin (including ones that are not very expensive), so more titles may be available. Check back closer to August 26.

If you’re off-campus, for current information, search by book title, by course number (e.g., PSY101) or by professor’s last name in the SOPHIA library catalog under Course Reserves (right hand side of the screen).

Below is the list of textbooks falling into the expensive category for Fall Semester 2015:

ANT/SOC 390 Social Research Methods: 7th ed / Neuman
ART150 Art: A Brief History: 5th ed. / Stokstad
AST 300 Foundations of Astrophysics: 1st ed. / Ryden
BIO 250 Neuroscience: 5th ed. / Purves
BUS 202 Understanding Management: 9th ed. / Daft
CHE 150 Chemistry: Atoms First: 2nd ed. / Burdge [2 copies]
CHE 240 Organic Chemistry: 8th ed. / McMurry [2 copies]
ECO 104 Macroeconomics / Krugman: 3rd ed.
ECO 105 Microeconomics / Krugman: 3rd ed.
ECO 207 Macroeconomics: 8th ed. / Mankiw
ECO 351 International Economics: 15th ed. / Pugel
GER 102 Deutsch: Na Klar!: 6th ed. / Di Donato
MUS 209 Harmony in Context: 2nd ed. / Roig-Francoli
PHY 102 College Physics: 10th ed. / Serway
PSY 101 / 102 Science of Psychology: 3rd ed. / King [2 copies]
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New Primary Source Databases: Empire Online and Early English Books Online

McCain Library was fortunate to purchase the following two primary source collections at the beginning of the summer that will enhance student exploration of a wide range of topics.

Empire Online

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Covering 5 centuries, Empire Online provides access to primary sources that detail the history and impact of British expansion.  Major thematic sections include: Cultural Contacts, 1429-1969; Empire Writing & Literature of the Empire; Visible Empire; and Religion & Empire; Race, Class, Colonialism and Imperialism.

This database is a fantastic tool for discovering images, maps, children adventure stories, folktales, memoirs, correspondence, exploration journals/logs and more. (Please note that off-campus you may be asked for a security certificate, we are working on resolving this issue)

Early English Books Online

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Complimenting Empire Online is Early English Books Online.  This is a collection of over 125,000 titles published between 1473 and 1700.  Though particularly appealing to literature scholars of authors like Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection also includes materials that will enhance courses in history, religion, science, political science, classics, art, and music.

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Certain Summer I Course Textbooks on Library Reserve

As a continuation of a successful pilot project in the spring, McCain Library will have at least one copy of these expensive course textbooks on reserve for students taking Summer I courses.

  • These textbooks may be used for two hours at a time in McCain Library.
  • They may not be taken out of McCain Library.
  • Ask for them by title at the Circulation Desk.

Note: this service does not include online supplementary tools, CDs, workbooks or lab manuals – just the required textbook.

  • BIO 222    Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, 11th ed.
  • CHE 150   Chemistry: Atoms First, 2nd ed. (2 copies)
  • MAT 115   ​Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 5th ed.
  • PSY 101    Science of Psychology 3rd ed. (2 copies)
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McCain Library’s Extra Exam-Time Hours for ASC Students Only


To help students conclude the semester successfully, on May 8-10, McCain Library will offer some additional service and study hours as follows:

Friday, May 8

8am – 10:30pm       Services available until 6pm; study in McCain until 10:30pm

Saturday, May 9

9am – 10:30pm       Services available until 6pm; study in McCain until 10:30pm

Sunday, May 10

10am  2am             Checkout & Reserve services only between 10am and 1pm.
All other services as usual later on Sunday.

Note: After the library closes, students may use G-11 (w/ID) on the Ground Floor’s Educational Technology Hallway.